Back to «New Normal»: Facing the Intrinsic Roots of Learning

«Song for Abdullah» (Kenny Barron), originally released in 1985 on the Album «Scratch».

Now that the light at the end of the COVID 19 tunnel is beginning to shine, the question remains as to how companies will adapt to the «New Normal». It has been shown that remote or flex work turns out to rule particularly well when all employees are aware of the purpose of the company and actively implement it in their daily work. Nevertheless, «Purpose» should not be confused with individual willingness to actively engage. As Friedrich Nietzsche already knew, the individual is highly dependent on his personal intrinic motivation:

«He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.» (Friedrich Nietzsche)

However, the implementation of the «New Normal» will be the litmus test of every orginization which declares itself as «agile» or «purpose driven». Platforms and ecosystems turn out to be the key drivers of business strategies in this decade. And one thing is already certain: There is no way back to hierarchical inflexibility!

For this reason, I am also involved as an expert with Intrinsic Campus, which is a prototype that contributes to the debate on the education of the future and calls for a radical paradigm shift in educational culture. After all, the core of a society’s innovative power lies in its education system. If we manage to maintain the child’s original curiosity throughout the school and work bioprahie, we create the crucial prerequisite for setting sustainable value creation processes in motion.

In my case, music is the source of inspiration and true intrinsic motivation. As Duke Ellington already knew: «It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that Swing)!»

For further reading and information: www.intrinsic.ch

He measures the «Groove» of a Company

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Boeblingen Business Weeks, Copyright: Markus Schwarz, http://www.1oo1gesicht.de

This article is the English translation of an Interview with Guy Studer, editor-in-chief, INLINE, FH SCHWEIZ 02/2020

When things do not go as well as desired in companies, Daniel C. Schmid’s services are often called upon. He feels the pulse of an organization, measures its groove. He is particularly fond of the references to jazz. Even the agreement to talk to Daniel C. Schmid is untypical. After the mail inquiry to him, the phone rings minutes later. He spontaneously agrees to a meeting, uncomplicated and soon. With a lecturer and sought-after speakers, one would hardly expect such prompt feedback. A few days later, during the conversation in the café, Schmid will explain in another context:

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«What is Groove, Yaron Gershovsky?» Lessons in Organizational Development from Jazz

This post is an adapted an extended version of the paper “Twelve-Tone Music Reloaded”: 12 Lessons in Rotating Leadership and Organizational Development from Jazz by Daniel C. Schmid and Peter A. Gloor, MIT, and founder of galaxyadvisors.com.

Recently, Jazz improvisation has become a part of the “Holy grail” in Organizational Development, above all under so-called VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) conditions. Effective leadership of the future will be based on relationship building, understanding complex group work, and diverse workforces. For future leaders, it will be key to gain a deeper understanding of the constantly evolving complexities of interpersonal, group and even intergroup relationships.

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